Dodgers Attend Private Workout For Cuban Outfielder Rusney Castillo

Correction: Based on information from two sources, a previous version of this story reported that Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti had attended Castillo’s workout. While Colletti was in the Dominican Republic at the time, a Dodgers official said he was not present at the workout.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic—Scouts have poured into the Dominican Republic this week for a series of high-profile showcases, including Major League Baseball’s major July 2 showcase Wednesday and Thursday in San Pedro de Macoris for some of the top July 2 prospects in Latin America.

Dodgers scouts, meanwhile, were attending a private workout this week for Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo. Castillo, 26, left Cuba at the end of 2013, and while he’s not a free agent yet, he’s expected to draw considerable interest from major league teams given his tool set and track record in Cuba, including playing for the Cuban national team.

At 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, Castillo is a righthanded hitter with experience playing second and third base in addition to center field, so his versatility could be intriguing to a variety of teams. Between Yasiel Puig and infielder Alexander Guerrero (who has received his visa), the Dodgers have signed two of the most expensive Cuban players on the market in the last couple of years, though given the Dodgers’ current big league roster it’s difficult to see where he might fit into the picture for them.